BAMAKO (AFP) - A gang kidnapped two French nationals at gunpoint from their hotel in the Malian desert early Thursday, local security sources said, the latest abduction of foreigners in the troubled region. The two geologists were seized from the eastern village of Hombori near the border with Niger, in an assault bearing the hallmark of Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militants. A Hombori municipality source said seven armed men entered the hotel at about 1:00 am (0100 GMT) and made off with their hostages to the north of the country, a hotbed of Al-Qaeda militants.